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Ruth Davidson dismisses Scottish Tories breakaway claim

19 Junio 2017, 03:33 | Crisanna Felipe

GETTYAngus Robertson the SNP's former Westminster leader was also voted out of his constituency

GETTYAngus Robertson the SNP's former Westminster leader was also voted out of his constituency

The SNP remains Scotland's biggest party Despite the punishing losses, including former first minister Alex Salmond as well as the party's current deputy leader Angus Robertson failing to win seats.

"She's done very well to get where she has, but I think there is a danger that we've gone beyond the strong image with the marshalling of the troops, to her becoming nearly a parody of herself with the tank-riding and bull-riding and flag-waving", a senior SNP lawmaker said.

Sturgeon demanded a second independence ballot in March, arguing that the Brexit result changed the rules of the game.

Davidson led her party to its best result in Scotland for three decades, in contrast to Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May's dismal showing elsewhere in the UK.

The Tories have fought a campaign relentlessly focused on opposing a second independence referendum.

The calls came in the wake of 2015's Brexit referendum, which Scottish voters overwhelmingly rejected, but will be forced to accept as long as they remain part of the UK.

Commenting on the results, Ms Davidson said the Scottish nationalists should now agree to take a second referendum "off the table".

Kezia Dugdale, Labour's leader in Scotland, wrote that it made them no better than the Tories, and frankly it's hard to see how she's wrong.

Sturgeon admitted her party, which lost 21 seats across Scotland, "suffered some bitter losses".

In East Dunbartonshire, Liberal Democrat Jo Swinson regained the seat from the SNP's John Nicolson.

Ms Davidson, tipped by many as a future UK Tory leader, hailed a "historic" night for her party and said the result ended the prospect of another independence vote soon.

He said: "Instead of people shouting from the opposition benches around these issues, you've got a bunch of people elected as Scottish Conservatives, right in the party of government, who can take those arguments and ensure when a Brexit deal is negotiated, it is the interests of Scottish fishing that are right at the forefront". Her stance, a far cry from that of Sturgeon, was based on understanding "the street." .

But the paper has also spoken to SNP insiders who have blamed "poor messaging", the so-called "Corbyn surge" and a failure to motivate supporters for the loss of 21 Westminster seats.

The leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, is adamant that May ought to pay the price of her miscalculation. We have to wait and see how things shake out.

"78 per cent of Glasgow North voted to remain in the European Union a year ago, I think it shows they want Scotland's voice to be heard".

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has conceded her plans for a second vote were "undoubtedly" a factor in the result and has said she will reflect on the results. This Brexit election was supposed to equip the government with the authority to agree and implement its plans to take the United Kingdom out of the EU. "We got more seats. than all the other parties combined".

The Tory, who is also a football referee, won 22,637 votes, easily beating Mr Robertson who polled 18,478. The Tories also benefited because they have in Mrs Davidson a leader who, unlike Mrs May, comes across as a human being.

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